Inside Kate Middleton & William’s wild dating days ahead of 10th wedding anniversary – with Ibiza trips, clubbing & PDAs

BEFORE they became full time royals and children came along, date night looked rather different for lovebirds Kate Middleton and Prince William.

The Duke, 38, and Duchess, 39, of Cambridge were often pictured having fun nights out in swanky Mayfair clubs and even packing on the PDAs in the back of cabs.

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Here, Fabulous takes a look at the couple’s fun-loving dating days, as they celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary tomorrow…

That underwear catwalk show

The royal couple first met at the University of St Andrews when they were both students.

Despite first becoming friends in 2001, it wasn't until two years later that Kate and William fell in love for the first time and began dating.

Although Kate first caught William’s eye when she strutted her stuff in a mesh, see-through dress, which showed off her black underwear, it was her “naughty” sense of humour which captivated the royal, the Mail on Sunday reported.

The publication wrote: "They got on well and shared an interest in sport and the outdoors, as well as a 'naughty' sense of humour.”

William paid £200 for his ticket to the charity catwalk show and reportedly said, "Wow, Kate's hot" after her appearance.

A few months later the pair – both keen on sports – got together.

Wild Ibiza holiday

According to the Duchess' uncle Gary Goldsmith, the couple even enjoyed an Ibiza holiday together and stayed in his home on the island in 2006.

Appearing on ITV's The Day Will and Kate Got Married, Gary said: "They were out on boats. They'd been to bars. They had the full Ibiza experience and they had a really good time."

Before hosting a party one evening, Gary claims William was getting some help from a friend on how to DJ.

Gary added: "My friend was there and helping them set up the outdoor DJ and he was teaching William about the beats and how to drop a track.

During the 2006 trip, Prince William reportedly called the owners of the nightclub Pacha after a wild night out to tell them that he now "loved" house music.


Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge typically refrain from touching in public – unlike tactile Meghan and Harry – it wasn’t always the case. 

Photos from back in their early dating days show the couple very close together and clearly very comfortable in each other’s company.

There were even a lot of smooches as they met up at events.

Mayfair clubbing

William and Kate certainly know how to party.

Kate even founded an all-women drinking club at university, which aimed to address the traditionally mens-only drinking societies.

Kate may not have been a heavy drinker herself, but she certainly enjoyed some A-list club haunts in London when she was younger.

Celeb photographer Max Butterworth released a shot of a young Kate Middleton leaving Mahiki in London’s Mayfair in 2007 – a popular haunt with royals and celebrities.

The couple enjoyed a night out in London together even after they were married, and were spotted sneaking out of exclusive Mayfair hotspot Loulou’s, where they mingled with a posh crowd including Pippa Middleton, Princess Eugenie and Jemima Khan.

Skiing holidays

The couple enjoy taking to the slopes together and were seen on a relaxed trip together before kids in 2006.

William could be seen kissing his stunning girlfriend as they holidayed in Klosters, Switzerland.

Then came the shock 2007 break-up – which, fortunately, only lasted a matter of months – and the happy engagement in 2010, followed by the fairy tale wedding a year later.

Speaking about their split in their engagement interview prior to their 2011 wedding, they admitted it was for the best.

William said: "We were both very young, it was at university and we were both finding ourselves and being different characters and stuff.

"It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up."

They tied the knot in 2011 and now have three beautiful kids; Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and three-year-old Prince Louis.

Date nights at the palace

While they do now jet around the world going to glitzy events, the couple love a good TV box set and takeaway dinner.

In an interview with BBC Radio One in 2017, Kate admitted that she was partial to a curry for dinner.

The mum-of-three also revealed she would tuck into it all by herself, since husband Prince William was not a fan of spicy cuisine – preferring pizza or Chinese.

He also loves Nando's and, according to HELLO!, told co-founder Robert Brozin he was the chain's "biggest fan" after being introduced to it by his police protection officer.

They explained of how they feed their fast food habit that, "it doesn’t usually get ordered to the palace, we tend to go and pick it up" and added, "not ourselves!"

In more Royal Family news, Prince William ‘auditioned’ Kate Middleton to be his wife and working member of Royal Family, an expert has claimed.

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Plus And Piers Morgan claimed Diana would be ‘horrified’ by Harry ‘splitting with William and smearing Queen’.

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